21 September 2013

the wild unknown

the wild unknown tarot

"welcome to the wild unknown. you'll find no wrongs or rights inside,
only mirrors for reflection..."

Illustrated in predominantly pen and ink with splashes of bright rainbow watercolour by artist and musician Kim Krans, this ethereal deck of cards, where only creatures of the wild roam, has drawn me back once more to the art of cartomancy. At least with this deck...

The tarot of The Wild Unknown has been creeping into my consciousness slowly for the past several months. Each time I caught a glimpse of it I would catch my breath, it's distinctive imagery tugging at my curiosity. I needed to know more...

the wild unknown tarot
For herself, the now Topanga Canyon-based artist has been drawing since a young age. From her guidebook of The Wild Unknown Tarot, she says:

"...it's the single thing that brings me absolute focus and clarity of mind... when I draw, my mind and hand are steady. In most others areas of my life my mind is scattered, frantic, worried and busy...

"In questioning why this was, I was led down a long path of inquisition... It brought me directly to meditation, visualisation, and many other forms of self-healing and self-awareness. And somewhere along this far-out lineage I was introduced to the tarot. Though completely intrigued by the concepts of the cards, I had trouble finding a deck I could relate to. I wanted imagery that spoke of a world of wild nature and mystery... a place where the darks were truly dark and the lights are bright and expansive... a Tarot deck to call my own."

Kim's determination to realise her need began with many months of focused work, hand-drawing each of the 78 cards that would make up the deck. Then, in order to raise money so as to get the decks printed, she sold a print of each via her site. These sold out overnight, creating a serious anticipation for the arrival of the decks.

It is one of those fabulous indiepreneur stories that I love and can't help but support.

the wild unknown tarot
Though it is labelled as 'tarot', I feel with its menagerie of animal-only characters and symbols that it has a more elemental and oracular nature in the working. It is one of the reasons why I was drawn to it as I delve more closely into working with these guides.

Presented in a sturdy box with a black satin ribbon to facilitate easy pullout of the cards, The Wild Unknown Tarot is accompanied by a simple, double-sided news-sheet of hand-illustrated notes that introduce the basics of the card’s meanings. Although, as mentioned, there is indeed a separate guidebook, for me this quick overview is enough pre-determined information to go on as I am actually looking forward to having the opportunity to allow intuition to guide my journey. Which is where the juice of working with these cards truly lies in the end.

With their truly striking imagery that does not shy away from the dark, I already feel like I am awakening to a song in a language I only half remember...

the wild unknown tarot
UPDATE // It is with delight that I let you in on a little something-something I have been up to over here: a little booth from which to offer my cartomancy services to you. Currently offering quick 1-card 'Burning Question' and 3-card Balsamic/New Moon readings with more options coming in future, feel free to enquire if you are looking for something other - I am open to special requests, time permitting. Feel free too to 'like' my new Facebook page for shop updates, and/or 'heart' the shop itself on Etsy. Thank you so much for your support - I can't wait to throw a little alchemy for you! *be well*

18 September 2013

snake skin exfoliating body scrub

diy exfoliating salt body scrub
Always for me a season of letting go and bringing to an end those things no longer working or needed, the Autumn Equinox is a good time to reflect on all that has happened and consider what next. Inspired by this month's SouLodge medicine teaching with snake, I have been making plans to honour this weekend's equinox in some meaningful way to me personally.

To this end I have spent some time this past week doing a little research on making my own body scrub concoction to embody the medicine of snake's transmutative energies and shed these old skins, both figuratively and literally. Sweet almond oil, lavender and rosemary were chosen for their ancient associations in working with snakes. Sage for it's connection to the Autumn Equinox and with sea salt as an excellent exfoliant they both work together as cleansers in the material and spiritual.

Snake Skin Exfoliating Body Scrub

Makes 500ml

2 cups coarse sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
3 drops each of lavender, rosemary and sage essential oils

Mix essential oils and base oil together in a dish. Add oil blend to sea salt in a pudding bowl and mix together with a metal spoon until all the salt is blended and moist. Transfer to a wide-mouth glass preserving jar to store. As the oils may separate, either store upside down or stir well prior to use. Working best on dry skin (hello Canadian winters!), rub in a circular motion before rinsing for an invigorating exfoliation.

**Not for use on the face.

diy exfoliating salt body scrub

15 September 2013

of woodpecker

pileated woodpecker
pileated woodpecker // Wilbur Hershberger

Earth's heartbeat

Finding what is hidden

Honour personal truth

Fly your own path



Listen to what is subtle



12 September 2013

visual quest | meeting my council

visual quest shamanic painting pixie campbell
I'm still working my way round the medicine wheel with Pixie Campbell's online Visual Quest class. It's been slow progress until now what with the boys at home. I am hoping though to start picking up the pace a little and get this baby complete. It's time to do that and move on to the next one. I really feel that.

I am at the point where I am starting to commit to the council who want to work with me for this round. I am still loose and open to who they may be exactly. Is that pig (!!!) or canine? Is that squirrel or fox? Crow? Maybe they are just mercurial creatures that shape-shift between many and that in itself is the medicine for me here... No matter. They will tell me in due time. For now I keep painting...

09 September 2013

a jerryberry summer holiday

jerryberry handmade clothesjerryberry handmade kite

Further to my work in progress sneak peek's way back in the summer, I am finally able to share some photos of the completed outfit and accessories I was working on prior to my trip.

Little Miss Berry's summer ensemble began with the idea of simply creating her some new summer clothes that actually fit her rather than making do with other dolly cast-offs. Having already made her a few jersey pieces, I decided after looking at my fabric stash that this would be the best choice for an easy, comfortable play set. Red and white stripes being very much the quintessential beachwear. From there a request for a sunhat that could also be a versatile piece across other outfits was made, followed soon after by one for a kite.

And not just any kite, no. But a working kite!

So yes indeed this miniature, 1/6th scale kite is made just like you would a traditional 'bean-sized one complete with flight harness.

I have to say that this (and the boater) really was the most fun part of the whole set, as I had never made a proper kite before, let alone a miniaturised one. So it really was quite the learning experience *grin!* I especially like the look of the natural linen, even if it is very plain, and am rather proud of the fun kite tail. I am quite jealous of Little Miss!

So, what crazy projects have you been up to lately? Or is that just me?

06 September 2013

how i float mount a photograph

diy photograph float mount
Tomorrow I am throwing caution to the wind and entering a small selection of my most recent photographs into the local amateur photography contest just for the experience of it. This is my first ever such foray into such things and so I wanted to choose a simple yet elegant way of displaying my photographs without going in for lots of fancy (and potentially expensive) framing methods that I didn't feel was suitable for this very local, community event.

After a little research into my options, I decided to choose a simple, non-framed floating mount. This elegant technique works on a variety of media where you want to show off the edge as much as the content of the piece. As the name suggests, a float mount raises the artwork away from the background mat, giving it the illusion of hovering just above the surface.

This is how I did it:

diy photograph float mount
pencil & eraser, metal rule, craft knife & cutting mat, 1/4 inch foam-core board, plastic sheet or newspaper, spray mount adhesive, clean sheets of paper, mountboard, wax paper, masking tape

1. Print and trim photograph to size. In this instance mine was 5x7 inches.
2. With pencil, measure and mark where the foam board will go on the back of the photograph.
3. Cut foam board so that it is 1/2 to 1 inch smaller than the photograph on all sides. For example, I cut my foam board to be 4x6 inches.
4. Cover your work area and gently spray one side of the foam board with fixative.
5. Align the foam board with your pencil marks on the back of the photograph to centre it, and press down.
6. Sandwich your photo and foam board piece between two sheets of clean paper.
7. Weight it down with a heavy book for 1-2 hours.
8. Meanwhile, cut your mount board to size and lightly mark out the position of the photograph using the foam board piece measurements. Slightly off set it so that the bottom is deeper than the top to give a more visually balanced result.
9. With your pencil, locate the centre points of your cross-marks and press firmly into the mountboard surface. Then erase all working pencil marks to leave four dots.
10. Mask off the exposed reverse edges of the photograph with wax paper, leaving only the raised foam board uncovered. Once again gently spray the foam board with adhesive.
11. Using the pencil indents on the mount board, line up the four corners of the foam board on the back of the photograph. Press lightly.
12. Finally, cover the photograph once more with a clean sheet of paper to protect it, and again weight it down with your favourite heavy book. Leave overnight to secure adhesive.

For the purposes of the local competition I am entering, I have chosen to leave my photos without further framing such as in a shadow box like this for now, preferring to leave them a little more informal. I hope my choice is a good one.

diy photograph float mount
**Oh, and in case you're wondering, the photograph shown here was taken on my recent trip to the Pacific Rim National Park, on Wickaninnish Beach. The rock art, or 'inukshikairn' as we nicknamed it, was of my own construction.
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